Charming finds on Twitter

Here are some of the observations and insights that were shared via Twitter this past week.

It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious. ~ Oscar Wilde” – via @PeterWinick

Cheating” is (finally) recognized as a 21st century learning skill – via @rbgayle

The IEEE’s Computer and Reliability Societies recently published “Embracing the Kobayashi Maru,” by James Caroland (US Navy/US Cybercommand) and Greg Conti (West Point) describing an exercise in which they assigned students to cheat on an exam — either jointly or individually. The goal was to get students thinking about how to secure systems from adversaries who are willing to “cheat” to win. The article describes how the students all completed the exam (they all cheated successfully), which required them to provide the first 100 digits of pi, with only 24h to prepare. The students used many ingenious techniques as cribs, but my heart was warmed to learn that once student printed a false back-cover for my novel Little Brother with pi 1-100 on it (Little Brother is one of the course readings, so many copies of it were already lying around the classroom).

[I really enjoyed the book Little Brother, and so did my sons]

@RosabethKanter – “If can’t have certainty about outcomes, try fast achievable projects & certainty of process.”

Clouds eventually give way to clarity. What separates the best from the rest is whether leaders communicate, improve, engage, invest in relationships, and remain true to principles. This can make the difference in getting stuck or emerging triumphant.

@TheEconomist – “There is a remarkable tendency to trust experts, even when there is little evidence of their forecasting powers”

There may be another, psychological, reason why investors want to pay for advice: the avoidance of regret. If you choose to put all your money into technology stocks on the back of your own research, and such stocks collapse, you only have yourself to blame. But if you have listened to the advice of an expert, then the decision is not your fault.

@edCetraT – “couldn’t make it to #IEL12 ?No worries @LnDDave curated the shared resources for you

Note: I talked about the future of the training department at IEL12 but no one picked it up, so here is a picture, which should be worth 1,000 words 😉


@sjgill – “A learning organization needs tools that people can use to discover information

So the question becomes, “How do we make work and learning part of the same process?” One way is to help people develop new knowledge in the course of their work when faced with a new task or a new challenge, whether that is operating a new tool or becoming an effective leader. This is done by making information accessible and by making the tools to create knowledge from that information accessible, too.

@gwynnek – “Remember when people only lurked? Now 76% of Twitter users post status updates. Up from 47% in 2010. ht @mbjorn”

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